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in the obama white house, and we have the former governor from maryland, bob you recall c ehrlich. and brag on your book. check out the book. but look, you talk about hope and change. >> it's a slogan. >> we're all for success. >> if you're for success, why won't you stand with us? >> we're grading on a curve? i wish we had this curve in law school. i needed the curve. >> listen, we have made real progress. we're moving toward, i feel lying the healthier this gets, the sicker you guys look. this is fixable. >> and we're fixing it. >> that's the bad news. this is the part that's fixable. now we'll get to the numbers, to middle america, the middle class, we'll get to a sticker shock. >> you mean, the middle dallas will finally stop being discriminated against? kids will be able to get health care? >> higher deductibles, and you loose your doctor. >> in the private sector, the first 90 days of a website is called beta. you expect it to -- >> i have not gotten -- >> though nobody has fired. something is in charge, i hope, but forget that. i do think that the governmentor is making an important
the white house had to reverse course anding a knowledge that president obama did in fact know that his uncle lives in boston, his uncle who was cited for dui and had it fight deportation, the president is fighting more criticism of his management style. they say the president rarely, if ever, had a private meeting with katherine sebelius. she took responsibility for the obama care snafus. the white house has not said how many times sebelius did sit down face-to-face with the president. earlier i asked how this report reflects on the white house, the president and his management style. >> i was surprised this week when the president told chris matthews in an interview that he really didn't think he had to reflect upon his management style, everything was fine in the white house, the real problem was the fact that we have such large signatuagencies government, big bureaucracies, it's hard to get things down. he's the chief executive. he's had five years to address that issue if that's what he thinks. if he thinks a bureaucracy is a problem like this, why did he assign the health care iss
in the obama white house, and we have the former governor from maryland, bob you recall c ehrlich.
customers. during that time president obama explained, and eventually apologized. the white house claiming healthcare.gov handled 1 million visitors without major issues, the president is launching a massive three-week-long blitz to entice americans back to the website to sign up for insurance policies. >> the bottom line is this law is working and will work into the future. people want the financial stability of health insurance and we're going to keep on working to fix whatever problems come up. >> and so it begins. and this will last until december 23rd, the deadline for people to enroll if they want plans beginning on january 1st. each day the white house says they will plug different benefits that you can get through obama care with help from democrats and progressive action groups. even though we've heard more insurance pitches from the president in the last few months than buill murray endured in "groundhog day." >> just visit healthcare.gov. >> funny you should mention your health because -- >> deal is good. the prices are low. >> i sell insurance. >> what a shock. >> they're leavi
meant to step on the field. . white house getting ready to roll out a new obama care campaign. brianna keilar is at the white house this morning. >> reporter: with some improvements to affordable health care website under his belt, is he making a pitch again. is it too soon? a live report is coming up. 1ñp farmer: hello, i'm an idaho potato farmer. and our giant idaho potato truck is still missing. so my dog and i we're going to go find it. it's out there somewhere spreading the good word about idaho potatoes and raising money for meals on wheels. but we'd really like our truck back, so if you see it, let us know, would you? thanks. what? i use my citi thankyou card to get 2x the points at the coffee shop.at the office, which will help me get to a beach in miami and they'll be stuck at the cube farm. the citi thankyou preferred card. now earn 2x the points dining out, with no annual fee. go to citi.com/thankyoucards millions have raised their hand for the proven relief of the purple pill. and that relief could be in your hand. for many, nexium helps relieve heartburn symptoms from aci
country's leaders past and present. we heard from president obama last night. let's go to the white house now and hear from brianna keilar. this was a personal moment for barack obama who talked about the influence of nelson mandela when he was a young man. >> reporter: that's right, john. it was just huge. president obama was 19 years old when he first got involved with the anti-apartheid movement. the first time he gave what being call a political speech was back in 1981. he was a sophomore at occidental college when he spoke out against apartheid. for president obama, nelson mandela was a personal hero and personal idol who struggled his earliest ambitions. >> i am one of the first who grew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue of policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. >> reporter: they met in person only briefly in 2005 before obama became president. the two leaders, each standing in history as the first black president of his nation, spoke occasionally by phone. president obama penned the forw
close and icy. alina, thanks very much. the white house had said president obama had never met with an uncle caught up in a deportation case, but it turns out the president did meet briefly with an uncle, lived with imhad when he was a young kid. find out how the press secretary at the white house is explaining this apparent contradiction. brian todd is standing by. stick with innovation. stick with power. stick with technology. get the new flexcare platinum from philips sonicare and save now. philips sonicare. #%tia[ life with crohn's disease ois a daily game of "what if's". what if my abdominal pain and cramps come back? what if the plane gets delayed? what if i can't hide my symptoms? what if? but what if the most important question is the one you're not asking? what if the underlying cause of your symptoms is damaging inflammation? for help getting the answers you need, talk to your doctor and visit crohnsandcolitisinfo.com to get your complimentary q&a book, with information from experts on your condition. the day building a play set begins with a surprise twinge of back p
of obama care and the white house will emphasize one benefit of the law each day until december 23rd, that is the deadline to sign up for coverage in january. >>> vice president joe biden is in japan this morning, the first stop on a week-long asia trip that includes visits to china and south korea. the vice president had planned to focus on trade and economic issues but suddenly he is finding himself to calm rising tensions in the region over the east china sea claimed by china and japan. the dispute intensified last week with china's claim of an airplane defense identification zone over these islands. >>> accusations this morning against syrian president bashar. the human rights chief says massive evidence collected over the course of the 33-month-old conflict in syria indicates asawed sad in war crimes and crimes against humanity. cnn's frederik pleitgen is following this for us and live in damascus. does this report name bashar al assad specifically? >> reporter: it doesn't name him specifically but does implicate him. the report says that these war crimes and crimes against huma
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on wednesday. >> after being on defense for two months on obama care, the white house is now playing offense. the president was battered for two months with bad publicity over the failures of the health care.gov website. >> the white house says it's now time to promote the president's signature health care plan now that the website's fixed and apparently running pretty well. >> that's what they say. that it's running smoothly, but republicans who opposed the health care program came out swinging against the administration's efforts to renew hope in obama care. >> it's not just a broken website. this bill is fundamentally flawed. causing people to lose the doctor of their choice, causing them to lose their health plan, and if that isn't enough, they're having to pay higher prices at the same time. so house republicans will continue to listen to our constituents, listen to the american people and try to focus on protecting them from a fundamentally flawed law. >> this as a new poll a gallup poll shows young americans between 18 and 29 don't know much about the affordable care act. unfortunatel
care site on the mend. brianna keilar at the white house this morning. >> hi there, carol. the obama administration says it has met its goal and healthcare.gov is running a whole lot smoother. but there's still a lot of problems as well i'll have a live report in just a moment. ke. i use my citi thankyou card to get 2x the points at the coffee shop.at the office, which will help me get to a beach in miami and they'll be stuck at the cube farm. the citi thankyou preferred card. now earn 2x the points dining out, with no annual fee. go to citi.com/thankyoucards you can fill that box and pay one flat rate. i didn't know the coal thing was real. it's very real... david rivera. rivera, david. [ male announcer ] fedex one rate. simple, flat rate shipping with the reliability of fedex. >>> it's like the difference between night and day, how the man in charge of fixing the obama care website describes the experience for people who sign up now after that self-imposed deadline to get the site working for the majority of users. the obama administration under heavy criticism and scrutiny after b
savage, cnn, atlanta. >>> now to your health and obama care. the white house is making a big push to promote the health care law. >> the president of the united states, barack obama u. >> reporter: it felt like a campaign event. because president obama is in a race he just might lose, the race to rescue obama care from its disastrous rollout. >> today, the website is working well for the vast majority of users. >> reporter: surrounded by supporters, the president conceded that the rollout has clouded projections. >> every day i check to make sure that it's working better. and, you know, we've learned not to make wild promises about how perfectly smooth it's going to be at all times. >> reporter: and he issued a warning. >> we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> reporter: that was aimed at republicans who say that the president's rebranding effort is too little too late. >> we know that obama quare is still plagued with problems. and every american deserves relief from it. >> reporter: but more americans are signing up, like cnn "i-report"er mike meekens. a small busin
the new york stock exchange. >>> let's head to the white house now because this is good news for the obama administration, it comes on the heels of all the bad news about obama care. brianna keilar is at the white house this morning. good morning, brianna. >> reporter: good morning to you, carol. this is positive news for the obama administration. we don't have official reaction yet, that normally comes later generally in this hour so we'll be looking to are that but i think the read -- we've been through so many reports i think we have a sense of what the reaction will be, this say positive trend, still more work to do and you said carol, this allows president obama to focus on the economy, something he already tried to do this week in an address where he outlined new economic initiatives like the minimum wage, like increasing investments and infrastructure and education, so this gives him a little fuel to do that as the rollout to obama care has been so rocky. this is certainly something the white house is welcoming here. >> we'll check back. brianna keilar live at the white house this m
killing. white house reversal. officials come clean about president obama an his illegal immigrant uncle after denying they ever met. now a different story is emerging. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> just over 24 hours since the world first learned of nelson mandela's death in in south africa, emotions have been pouring out around the clock. this was the scene tonight, and it continues, even though it's now past 1:00 a.m. it's a similar scene in the township of so wetto where mandela lived until he was locked away for almost three decades. cnn's errol burnett is there for us. what is the mood right now? >> reporter: well, wolf, just take a look behind me and listen. the mood here continuing to be a jovial one as it has been all day, as south african comes to the former home of nelson mandela, where he lived during apartheid. and they're now singing songs of thanks and appreciation. this has been happening all day, this day one of south africa ace ten days of mourning for the passing of the late president. so wetto where i am now, will play a significant role in a f
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by to hear from president obama. he will be walking into the briefing room over at the white house, going to the microphone and speaking about a man he so deeply, deeply admired over so many years, president of the united states will pay official respects to nelson mandela and what he did. christiane amanpour is watching the reaction pouring in. we shouldn't be surprised, 95 years old, christiane, we were all bracing for this day. it has now happened. >> reporter: yes, i think people were dreading this day. people obviously were bracing for it. you know, we had a terrible scare about his life and his health back in march. people thought that he was, you know, had departed or was close to departing back then. luckily, he didn't. he has obviously been very well looked after and his last days and months have been surrounded by his family but there was a very big scare and everybody is dreading it because you know, who next, who next, who matches this kind of leadership, this kind of courage. this kind of transformation of a man and a politician who started as a lawyer, who was a boxer, even,
. >>> welcome back to "new day." is the cure for obama care just some good pr? the white house may think so, because they're launching a three-week campaign that will try to refocus the public on the benefits of obama care. an official tells cnn the president will kick off the effort this afternoon at the white house itself. senior white house correspondent brianna keilar is there with details. what's the pitch, brianna? >> reporter: the pitch, this is what president obama will be addressing today, chris, is focusing on the good things that obama care, the affordable care act as the administration has gone back to calling it, the positive effects it's had on real americans. there's still a lot of focus on the website. we understood yesterday that the expectation from the administration was 50,000 people would be able to access the site. that would be the capacity at one time. well, it turned out actually yesterday that it was somewhere in the 30,000 to 40,000 range when the website started becoming unavailable to some people. so not quite meeting that goal. we do understand there were 800,0
be destroyed by the middle of next year. >>> the white house is in full holiday mode. first lady michelle obama showing off the decorations. the visitors the next two weeks will be treated to the portuguese waterdogs ornament made out of black satin ribbons. one of the real first dogs sonny got a little excited yesterday knocking down a 2-year-old girl visiting from alabama! can you believe it? this is like the biggest white house scandal? no. >> look at that! >> that is the one where it looks nice. the next one, she ends up on the ground. >> she has a lasting memory there. they are all talking about it. >> the dog is bigger than she is. >> there she is on the ground! he decked her! >> he did not deck her. just a big dog. >> george w. bush had barney. >> she gets a hug from the first lady. it's all better. all better. >> i hope that girl doesn't have bad dreams of that nasty dog. >>> coming up, a celebrity chef airing her dirty laundry in court. lawson is opening up about her drug use and got to say a whole lot more as she tries to prove two sisters swindled her out of a million dollars. we are
the u.s. into world war two. >>> president obama is having a hard time explaining a meeting with controversial relative. for some time the white house has said the president never met with a kenyan uncle who was in the united states illegally. but now it has a new version of what happened. here's cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: fredericka, which is at an uncle of the president who has gone through some legal problems with immigration and other things. and it's about an impression the white house has given that it's keeping this uncle at arm's length. but white house aides now say they weren't doing that. he's a 69-year-old man who works at a liquor store near boston and is now kuth up in the president's political migraine. the man's name called omar, the president's uncle. the boston globe previously cited the white house as saying the president and his uncle had never met. but the white house press secretary now says this -- >> the president said that he, in fact, had met omar obama when he moved to cambridge for law school and he stayed with him for a brief period of time u
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part of his base when a youth summit gathered at the white house. mr. obama answered critics who says he has been avoiding an affordable care act nickname. >> i know people call this law obama care. that's okay. because i do care. and -- i do. i care about you. i care about -- >> the president made this policy pitch today knowing full well republicans in congress will not go for it, but that fits the president's political goals for the upcoming year. not only taking the fight in the upcoming state of the union speech, but in the coming months election cycle. >> let's continue with gloria bor borger. what is the president attempting to establish today? >> one is an issue of poverty and inequality. he started his career organizing poor people in chicago. this is an issue i thought he would come back to in this term and he has. the other part of this is look, this is not much different from the conversation we had in 2012 about -- it's equality stupid. he is taking it back to the issues of expanding for the middle class, that republicans didn't have a good answer for in 2012. >> i think
people were killed. right now, the white house is giving the new and improved obama care website some positive reviews. the obama administration says the healthcare.gov site is running smoothly for the vast majority of users. >>> and right now, president obama is getting ready for a speech marking world aids day. activists are calling for more money to combat hiv and aids. the president's remarks live this hour. >>> hello, i'm wolf blitzer in washington. estart with a deadly commuter train crash in new york city. this morning had, crews started picking up derailed cars and putting some of them back on track. investigates are are poring over the wreckage to try to figure out how the train crashed. four people died, 67 others injured. one of the survivors spoke on cnn's "new day" this morning describing how she rode out the wreck. >> i wound up going kind of up one side and then just rode into where i was technically on the ceiling. and when it landed, i fell to the side where the windows had been smashed out into the ground. all of those windows had broken through, gravel and glass, bi
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last president left the white house to become a painter, but president obama is hoping sports will fill his time after washington. here's the score. the president apparently hosting sport% center's top ten list. "the hollywood reporter" said that's what he told bob iger at a recent private dinner. disney, of course, owns espn. iger's response, he reportedly got a good giggle. >>> it's the biggest sporting event in the world. not talking about the olympics or super bowl, but the fifa cup. it kicks off next summer in brazil with the world watching some big brands are trying to score a piece of the action. cnn international correspondent jim bolden joins us with a look at the business of the world cup. hi, jim. >> reporter: christine, national soccer teams the world over spent two years fighting for a place in the world cup finals next year in brazil. and big brands, many of them american, compete with each other to spend millions of dollars to be associated with it. as teams from countries the world over were fighting for one of the coveted 32 spots, big global brands were battling it out
are live with the latest on the investigation. >>> the white house's deadline to fix the obama care website has passed but have the technical problems been fixed? what the obama administration is saying and what still needs to be done. >>> fury in the streets as thousand riot in ukraine and threatening to overcome that government. is revolution in the air? we are live. >>> welcome back to "early start." quite a situation there. i'm john berman. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. nice to have you with us this morning. >>> the ntsb investigators have recovered on so-called event recorders from a metro north commute train. that may help determine the cause of the deadly derailment in new york city. four passengers were killed. 67 others were injured when that train jumped the tracks just outside of a station in the bronx. this morning, metro north is beginning the process of getting those train cars upright. cnn's alexander field is live for us at the accident scene in the bronx. what can you tell us? >> reporter: the cranes are in place and crews are in place. they had to wait for the okay from the nts
: as the white house spends the next three weeks trying to convince americans there's more to obama care than the fumbled rollout, a powerful ally talked to cnn espanol. >> i don't think you can find anybody harder that went out of his way to explain the bill more than i did. >> reporter: he's smoothing over tension lingering from this. >> the president should honor the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got. >> reporter: when he publicly urged obama last month to keep his promise about his health care law. for clinton, the issue hits close to home. >> i have a lot at stake here personally for the work i've done for health care and the work i tried to support. and hillary does, too. we've been working on this health care thing for 20 years. >> reporter: president obama will be speaking at a youth summit on the affordable care act. chris, as you know, young people are key to this. they're si their signing up, is going to offset, that's the plan anyway, older americans who are more costly to care for. >> absolutely. brianna keilar at the white house this morning
's actually more likes than president obama's statement on his white house facebook page which is not surprisingly, much more popular than the ted cruz facebook page, given that he's the president. also, at the white house page, you can find a lot of nasty invective but you expect that conservatives would lash out against president obama, not so much against ted cruz. >> sure. but do we think, to use your metaphor of the proverbial bathroom wall of the internet, do we think ted cruz is reading this stuff and responding? >> well, there is a response from his office, which is mr. mandela deserves to be remembered and honored for his sacrifices in pursuit of freedom, for the oppressed and his historic achievements to that end. that's from a spokeswoman, ka katherine frazier. he's aware there has been a negative response from some conservatives. he got similar not as negative, but some negative response when he supported the gillibrand amendment that had to do with sexual assault in the military, a complicated bill we can talk about at another time, but he also got brush back from
. president obama marked world aids day at the white house just a short while ago, announcing some new research initiatives and giving credit to those who have fought for progress against the disease. >> it's the result of countless people, including so many of you working together. >> one of the people in the room sitting in a plum seat in the front row was microsoft co-founder bill gates, the co-chairman and trustee of the bill and melinda gates foundation, which has committed billions to hiv research and grants. he and his wife were just listed number one on the forbes list of america's top giveres, nearly $2 billion in 2012 alone. bill gates was kind enough to leave the white house to join us now. i really appreciate it. we have better hors d'oeuvres anyway. thank you for being here. >> great to be here. >> i want to start with your friend bono who has worked with you on the aids issue. he had some comments which raised some eyebrows over the weekend. this is what he said about the fight against aids. let's listen. >> there's a chance of having the first aids-free generation by 201
for the republican plan. let people sign up for his plan. >> but it is call obama care for better or worse. the white house is now going back and forth about whether or not that was a great idea to call that it but it is. he won't change it unless the bottom really falls out. >> he can't go on national television today and say send me your plan. we sent him a plan four years ago and then he won't accept our plan. >> let's play. that did he issue a challenge to republicans today. >> i've always. i will work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively. you got good ideas? bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> so you presented a different health care proposal four years ago. do you have a proposal to improve the law that exists right now? >> it is a totally different concept. if the president wanted to take us -- if he took us up on our offer. i'm speaking totally out of turn here. if they want to take our bill and endorse and it pass it, you have two separate health care plans out there. you have obama care and this free market approach that
online or visit a bank of america near you. . >>> christmas at the white house and at least one way kind of just like christmas at your house. today in keeping with tradition, first lady michelle obama hosted a tree decorating party for military families from across the country. the festivities included old and new ornaments and 24 christmas trees. the first lady brought the white house dogs, beau and the new puppy sunny out for the occasion and that's when they literally ran into trouble. it seems the excitement of the season was obama's newest dog. sunny was too on mated. the small girl took a step back from the playful puppy and took a tumble. the other guests were concerned and fortunately, she was fine. she popped up to continue in the fun. sounds just like my house. we'll be right back. [ paper rustles, outdoor sounds ] ♪ [ male announcer ] laura's heart attack didn't come with a warning. today her doctor has her on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack, be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. if -
all coming here and of course black and white together. the u.s. has president obama and also three former presidents coming as this echo around the world of the word of mandela's passing is generating this energy of inclusion, yet again complexity and that brings us to newt gingrich. he's joining us this morning and we're happy to have him. newt wrote a thoughtful piece about the passing of nelson mandela. newt had been one of the people early on pushing to end apartheid and help mandela's cause. he got pushback, criticism for that piece, now amid all of this going on. newt i hope you can hear me pipe' in the middle of a celebration but please, tell us the context, what did you make of the pushback and criticism you got for what seemed like a very thoughtful piece about nelson mandela? >> well, i think, having analyzed it over the weekend, there were two waves of rejection of the idea of honoring mandela. one wave was people who confused mandela's role with the african national congress during the period when he was in jail. he spent 27 years in jail which was the peak of the afric
a commuter trail to derail in new york city. four people were killed. right now, the white house is giving the new and improved obama care website some positive reviews. the obama administration says the healthcare.gov site is running smoothly for the vast majority of users. >>> and right now, president obama is getting ready for a speech marking world aids day. activists are calling for more money to combat hiv
of the elders delegation, an international human rights group that is chaired by kofi annan. >> the white house has backed away from a reported statement made two years that president obama had never met an uncle who lives near boston. it turns out the president not only knew the uncle, he actually once lived with him. why all the confusion? here's cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: he's a 69-year-old man who lives outside of boston. the "boston globe" previously cited the white house as saying the president and his uncle had never met. now the white house press secretary said this -- >> the president said he stayed with his uncle for a brief period of time until his apartment was ready. >> reporter: he said he said with him for three weeks. why the different accounts? >> back when this arose, folks looked at the president's book and there was no evidence that they met. >> jay carney said it was when he asked the president when he was told. critics of the white house say this speaks to a deeper credibility problem of the president and his staff not being forthcoming. >> so really, it was such an un
and her potential white house candidacy from any obama care headaches. here he was. >> i was trying to be supportive of it. i don't think you can find anybody in america who worked harder for his re-election or support of this bill or went out of the way to explain the bill more than i did. there's no politics there. i didn't say anything until he talked. i'm trying to be supportive. i do think we have to get the website up and we have to work. is it confined to the website? that's the biggest problem because if the website is working and everybody can see what their options are, then in most states, most people will have a good option, which will be the same or less costly than the one they had before that will cover the same or more conditions. so, i think it will be all right. but, know there was no politics involved. >> when asked if hillary clinton will run for president because you know that is the question that bill clinton continues to get, his answer, three words, i don't know. but he did say, he likes joe biden and if biden is the democratic nominee, he would be glad to he
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bars, now eulogized by presidents and monarchs. in washington, flags at the white house were lowered to half-staff. president obama spoke of the man who inspired him. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> reporter: and former presidents clinton, bush and carter united to mourn the leader, in cities across the nation, people coming together to honor the man who has become a global symbol for justice and humanity, a touching tribute lights a marquee at the legendary apollo theater in harlem where nelson mandela visited to his first trip to the u.s. in 1990. >> he came to the state office building, drew about 200,000 people out here that day. and those struggles that we have here in the united states, he was very familiar with and they were going through the same in south africa. >> reporter: news of his death traveled swiftly around the world. prince william and kate middleton heard the news while attending the premiere of the film "mande
of his hands. president obama fought to keep his blackberry when he got to the white house. now another reason he won't be switching to the iphone. >>> plus this -- >> we're going to see our milk prices double. and that means that that price is going to have to be passed on to the consumer. >> shoppers be warned, keeping milk in your fridge may soon cost you double. if congress doesn't get its act together. second hour of "newsroom" starts now. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for join iing me. gdp came in at 4.63%, much higher than expected but it may not be as strong as some had hoped. good morning. >> good morning, carol. two good economic reports, 2.63% growth in the third quarter driven in large part because companies were stocking their shelves, getting ready for holiday sales. 3.46% is the best we've seen in a year and a half and stronger than people expected. jobless claims report has slowed dramatically. it might have been distorted a little bit by thanksgiving, economists are telling me this morning. it's two upbeat economic reports. why are stocks not happy
. however, away from cameras' grae glare, they might be able to get a word in. if obama can sneak it in without being taped doing it, he might try it. >> i heard a story from somebody in charge of white house security who was telling me about an event like this that provided an opportunity for a high-ranking u.s. official to meet with a u.s. enemy, but it did provide an opportunity that never would have been there before there was an opportunity for actual diplomacy. of course, on the other hand, as you pointed out, such things can be considered huge mistakes. there was the incident when president obama in 2009 was seen taking a picture, was taking a picture of him shaking hands hu. if cameras aren't around it might be with it. but if they are, to be avoided. >> exactly. you know, this is really a day where everybody's supposed to honor nelson mandela. i'm not sure it's a day of world foreign policy-making for nations. but as i mentioned, face time between world leaders is always beneficial if you can do it the right way. but we view cuba as our enemy, this is not the time for pre
are talking obama care with kentucky governor steve bashir today, part of the white house's new push to sell the health care law. bashir's state is considered an obama care success story. >>> how about this at number five an early working draft one of bruce springsteen's biggest hits going up for auction today, it is the handwritten lyrics sheet to "born to run." it's estimated to bring in $70,000 to $100,000. we always update the five things to know so go to newdaycnn.com for the latest. kate, over to you. >> thanks, michaela. >>> a desperate effort is under way to save an american man being held in abu dhabi. shezanne cassim and his friends arrested over a parody video they made and posted online. here is more of the story. shezanne cassim is behind bars in abu dhabi for this. >> home of the deadly satwa gs. >> reporter: a parody video the 9-year-old from minnesota posted online. in it, he pokes fun at a clique of teens trained in a fictional combat patrol to control the streets of dubai. the 19-minute video begins with a disclaimer explaining it's fiction, portraying themselves as wanna b
have been saying the president hasn't been using the word obama care as much lately. what's the deal with that? the president used it during this address to younger folk s here at the white house. here's what the president had to say. >> i know people call this law obama care. and that's okay. because i do care. and i do. i care about you. i care about families. i care about americans. but no matter how much i care, the truth is that for your friends and your family, the most important source of information is not going to be me. it's going to be you. they are going to trust you. >> so a little bit of the president picking himself up, dusting himself off from that disast rr rollout of healthcare.gov. no briefing here at the white house today, but on a conference call with reporters, officials with the administration, they were talking about how they also believe that enrollment is picking up, brooke. that is really the best news that this white house can be hoping for right now, for all of this work, and remember, a lot of people were receiving the kanlsilation letters. for all of th
and they feel like that's going to make up some of the ground they lost during the botched rollout of obama care. >> we'll hear more from the president in the coming days. he's on a major pr offensive right now. jim, thanks very much. jim an costas reporting from the white house. >>> coming up later this hour, by the way, the autopsy results on the actor paul walker who died in a car wreck. they are just being released. we'll have a live report. that's coming up. >>> also, a truck is stolen near mexico city, and its cargo has u.s. and international authorities very concerned. we're going to tell you why. that's coming up, as well. [ female announcer ] we give you relief from your cold symptoms. you give them the giggles. tylenol cold® helps relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms. but for everything we do, we know you do so much more. tylenol cold®. diarrhea, gas, bloating? yes! one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. live the regular life. phillips'. [ male announcer ] they are a glowing example of wha
june 30th, tom donyell -- mr. obama's national security advisor. he is now a distinguished fellow at the council on foreign relations. he joins me to talk about recent developments and the issues he was deeply involved in at the white house from iran to winding down the war in afghanistan to mitigating tensions between china and japan. welcome back to the show. >> great to see you. >> let's 23irs talk about iran, you were deeply involved in this whole policy, it appears that what we're saying is we need iran to essentially shut downing parts of its nuclear program so that it cannot have the kind of breakout capacity that -- he says we are not going to dismantle a single thing, we're willing to freeze, we're willing to have everything monitored, but no dismantling, how do you bridge those two positions? >> the reason we're here is the enormous pressure that was put on -- president rowhani took a max mallist stand. they're going to have to assure the international community in very concrete, verifiable and solid ways that they're not working on a nuclear weapon. >> that means rollin
reach out to cruz's office. they point out you can find hateful stuff on the white house's website as well, one writing mandela was a well-mannered demon in the flesh. cruz's comments got more likes on his page than obama's got on that page. is this something we should even be paying attention to? or is this just the bathroom wall of the internet? >> frankly, we shouldn't be paying attention to it. let's hold ted cruz, let's hold people on facebook and twitter accountable for what they say, not for what followers say. also, keep in mind they're not all friends. some may be enemies. look, you tweet, we all tweet. you can tweet the earth is round and get hateful trolls saying terrible things. so this is -- >> no, no, i'm not implying any way ted cruz is responsible at all for what people write on his facebook page. i think what's interesting about it, if anything, is the fact that these are conservatives upset with ted cruz and that doesn't happen. >> how do you know they're conservatives? maybe they are liberals pretending to be conservative. you don't know. on twitter and facebook?
the beijing sea. >>> the obama administration says it is prepared to allow iran to engage in a limited nuclear enrichment program. but that applies only to the nation's peaceful energy needs. in a statement released tuesday, the white house says it will negotiate with tehran as long as it holds up its end of the agreement to curtail its nuclear capabilities under tight oversight. this is the first time the u.s. has explicitly said that iran has the right to enrich. >>> yasser arafat was not the victim of poisoning according to tests by french forensic scientists. that contradicts a report. they found he was killed by radioactive polonium. >> this will not put the conspiracy theorys to rest. >>> eight minutes after the hour. coming up, a celebrity chef in a heated courtroom battle. did two sisters steal millions from thnigella lawson? we're live in london. >>> an incredible rescue. a man trapped for days underwater. >> this sais an amazing video. tweet us the "early start" rhyme if you rhyme with jacoby ellsbury. #morningrhy #morningrhyme. tap of my geico app. oh, that's so cool. well, i would
and focusing on extending the problem i think is the wrong thing to focus on. if you look at president obama's economic speech, the part i liked the best is the emphasis on addressing the long term unemployment problem. he said he was going to meet with a bunch of executives at the white house soon and announce a new program. i'm eager to see what he says there. that's something that i think -- >> get a tax credit for hiring someone that's been unimploempl. >> these folks are really in trouble. >> we should do both, right? we should help the folks that are still in trouble. kevin is right, there is an element of the unemployment rate that is there because of the ui program. but even given that, it's been -- >> people that stay unemployed because they can get enough from unemployment. >> yes. there is a lot of research and debate. but my estimates, 10.2 3% of unemployment is due to the ui program. the net benefit of this is very significant. kevin is right. we have to work on long term employment. >> i just say that i disagree we should do both in the following sentence. what we should do, if
obama's economic speech, the part i like the best is his emphasis on addressing the long-term unemployment problem. he said he was going to meet with a bunch of executives at the white house soon and announce a new program. i'm quite eager to see what he says there. >> that you get a tax credit for hiring someone who has been unemployment for a certain time. >> these folks are really in trouble and the good unemployment news doesn't really affect the long-term -- >> but we should do both. we should help the folks that are still in trouble. kevin is right, there's an element that's there because of the ui program. >> and people that stay unemployed because they can get enough from unemployment. >> there's a lot of academic work and research, but my estimates a percentage is due to ui benefits. kevin is right, we have to work on long term structural unemployment -- >> but i want to say i disagree that we should do both in the following sense. that what we should do, if you want to give more money to the people who are currently unemployed, just give them the money. give the
of international terrorism. have they said anything at the white house about this? >> the white house has not commented on this specifically. i expect we'll get some comment on this as we just have gotten the program really in the time that president obama has been on board air force one and a lot of firms are trav-- officials are traveling with him. former cold war enemies have had very much limited ties. there's been some conciliatory language in recent years, but certainly this is not any sort of relationship that you see on a day to day basis the way president obama has with other leader, but i think what's sort of fascinating and that a lot of people looking at this program and are fascinated by the fact that president obama is speaking first and raul castro is speaking last that in a way it signifies how much of a unifier nelson mandela was not only in his life but also in his death that you have these very interesting and disparate folks going to be at this event in south africa, wolf. >> when he was inaugurated back in 194, nelson mandela, al gore, the then vice president of the u
the obama care website or at least keep it working smoothly for the vast majority of users thrk white house is reporting 375,000 people have visited healthcare.gov today. meantime, white house press secretary jay carney said the president is pleased with the progress but says the work is not finished. we will talk about this a little later with this fascinating opinion piece that dr. sanjay gupta has written for cnn.com. that's next hour. >>> still ahead, arrested for a good deed. find out why a man faces legal trouble after giving away -- look at that, that is cash. hundreds of thousands of dollars here. hundreds of dollars, i should correct myself, to holiday shoppers. that's not nothing. we're on the case. >>> plus, could drag racing have led to the death of actor paul walker? coming up next, an eyewitness on the scene of the deadly crash, talks about what he saw minutes before that fatal accident. [ male announcer ] research suggests cell health plays a key role throughout our lives. one a day men's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for men's health concerns as we age. with 7 anti
, at least potentially. jim sciutto is watching what's going on. i know the obama administration is very concerned what these members of the senate are planning on doing. >> no question. this puts congress on a direct collision course with the white house. as you know, they have been lobbying hard, the administration has been lobbying hard against it, secretary kerry, including sending a video message over the holidays arguing against sanctions, saying that will in effect scuttle this deal. what we're seeing now, that intense lobbying campaign appears to have fallen on deaf ears, even among members of the president's own party. with the ink barely dry on the historic nuclear deal with iran, today the iranian foreign minister pronounced it dead if congress passes more economic sanctions. the entire deal is dead, he told "time" magazine. we do not like to negotiate under duress. even so, sources tell cnn republican and democratic senators are close to doing exactly that, nearing agreement on a bill to impose new sanctions within six months unless iran ships all stockpiles of enriched urani
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